Cyber criminals using election to get personal information: FBI

Scammers are trying to exploit the high level of interest in the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal personal information.

Swindlers are posing as fundraisers, pollsters and candidates and even launching fake voter registration drives to trick citizens into providing personal information and bank account details, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI, the Better Business Bureau and cybersecurity experts are warning about increasingly sophisticated online fraud schemes centered around the election that take advantage of high interest and the desire to get involved.

From natural disasters to the pandemic, it’s common for online grifters to tailor scams to take advantage of current events. Complaints to the FBI cybercrime reporting site quadrupled to up to 4,000 a day since the coronavirus pandemic started, for example.

The final weeks of the election are providing a ripe opportunity for cybercriminals, who often take advantage of the same tools use by foreign

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FBI warns of pandemic-related charity scams

The FBI issued a warning on Wednesday alerting Americans to scammers using the coronavirus to solicit donations for fraudulent charities.

Federal law enforcement officials say they have received reports that scammers are using the pandemic to steal money, personal information or both.

The FBI says that often, the fraudsters will use the name of a real charity to conduct their scam. The FBI adds that criminals may spoof their caller ID number to make it appear the call originated from a legitimate charity.

“Be careful,” the FBI said.

The FBI offered the following advice to Americans:

The best way to protect yourself is by doing your research. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of a charity fraud:

  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether you’re donating through charities, social media, or crowdfunding websites.
  • Look for online reviews of charity organizations or use information
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Giuda confirms online relationship, FBI investigating | Coronavirus

WARREN – State Sen. Robert Giuda, R-Warren, said after he tried to end an online friendship with a woman, she demanded “significant” money and made violent threats against him and his wife, Christine, who’s been in a coma for the past four years.

Giuda, a 68-year-old senator serving his second term, said for two months he shared with the woman “private conversations” and “photographs” and described “some of which are appropriate.”

The FBI is investigating the matter said Giuda who apologized to his friends and family for any embarrassment this incident has caused them.

Giuda said the relationship began due to “sadness and loneliness” that set in because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from visiting his wife who is in a southern New Hampshire health care facility more than 100 miles from his home.

“I realized that this online relationship was going places I didn’t want it to go, and

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Democrats urge FBI to open criminal inquiry into postmaster general

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Two members of a key congressional committee have asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation of the leadership of the US Postal Service (USPS), alleging the postmaster general, a Trump mega-donor, has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to rig the presidential election.

Related: How Trump’s new head of the Postal Service became the most important election official

“There is evidence that making mail-in balloting more difficult may be one of the motivations for the changes instituted at the Post Office,” Ted Lieu of California and Hakeem Jeffries of New York, both Democrats, wrote in a letter to the FBI director, Christopher Wray.

An unprecedented number of states have instituted mail-in voting in response to the coronavirus pandemic, citing the efficacy of the process in states that have used it for years. The USPS has come under intense

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The rise of Jake Paul, the YouTube megastar whose home was raided by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation

Jake Paul.
Jake Paul.

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  • Jake Paul is a 23-year-old YouTube star who got his start on video-sharing app Vine.

  • The former Disney Channel actor has nearly 20 million subscribers on YouTube, where he posts vlogs and pranks.

  • Paul married fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau in 2019, but it was later revealed that the marriage was fake. 

  • The FBI raided Paul’s Calabasas, Calif., mansion on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into “criminal acts” regarding Paul’s May visit to a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall, an agency spokesperson said. 

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Jake Paul, 23, is one-half of the Paul brothers, two of the most recognizable and controversial YouTube stars. Jake Paul garnered online fame on Vine before even graduating high school, and found early notoriety as a star on Disney Channel. 

Since then, Paul has gained millions of followers across social media who

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